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Patient-to-Patient Transmission of Hepatitis C Virus Through the Use of Multidose Vials During General Anesthesia

  • Jeanne-Marie Germain (a1), Anne Carbonne (a1), Valérie Thiers (a2), Hélène Gros (a1), Sylvie Chastan (a3), Elisabeth Bouvet (a1) and Pascal Astagneau (a1) (a4)...
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A duster of four patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection was identified in a surgery clinic. Molecular characterization revealed close homology between viruses. This cluster was related to unsafe injection practices through multidose vials and reused materials. Among 796 patients potentially exposed to and screened for HCV, no other cluster was identified.

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Institut Biomédical des Cordeliers (Esc. J), 15, rue de l'Ecole de Medecine, 75006 Paris, Franceacarbonn@bhdc.jussieu.fr
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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
  • ISSN: 0899-823X
  • EISSN: 1559-6834
  • URL: /core/journals/infection-control-and-hospital-epidemiology
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